Continuing the Four Lakes Loop past another 3 sparkling lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, the next two days on the trail bring more smoke-free, sunny days and only further cement the impression that this is one of California’s best hidden gems. ( Log Out /  Jason Mandly. However, it is better to hike the trail clockwise, since this puts all the best vistas in full view, rather than behind the hiker. We pack up camp at Deer Lake and say our goodbyes. This 45-minute mountain stroll meanders along the Trinity River, with occasional Klamath Mountains peaks (the broader range) showing their jaggedy nature in the distance. I look back towards Deer Lake, and marvel at the color contrasts between rock types. Trinity Alps Four Lakes Loop is a 6-mile loop with fairly significant elevation gain and loss (plus and minus 2,000 feet total). Experienced backpackers will always admit the trial and error that comes with knowing what you will use in the wilderness. If coming from Oregon, Yreka will be the turn off unto Route 3, and then head south to Long Canyon. The old-fashioned streets speak to the mysteriousness of this whole region. Luella Lake — the smallest and most hidden of the Four Lakes Loop. Shasta. TheMattBourbon 168 views. Luella Lake, Seven Up Peak and Dolomite Ridge. Trinity Alps Wilderness . As I first see these scenes, I begin to dream more and more about how to outline the next trip. Snow often lingers on the trail in this north-facing basin. One of … This is the most popular trail leading to the Four Lakes Loop. Login. Diamond Lake and the White Trinities, featuring Sawtooth Peak as the pinnacle on the horizon. In terms of the number of staggering views, the diversity of perspective and environment, the sense of discovery around every turn of the trail, and the ease with which all of this is achieved, this trail may not have an equal. The refreshing feeling of not wearing the pack is exhilarating. I take this peaceful time to read a book on the granite dome just above the lake. Yes, alpine lakes are quite cold (due to snowmelt), but there is something so invigorating about taking a dive into crystal clear waters. It contains some of the best vistas to be found in northwest California, passes some of the prettiest lakes, climbs an excellent peak and is generally exciting in nature, perched precariously high above the four glacial basins it … This mountain road serves as the springboard for many adventures into the Alps, and will be featured more on the California Adventure District. For the purposes of this four-day itinerary, I will outline the most convenient and sensible approach, and take a tour of the loop itself. A 5.7 mile one-way hike gets you to the Four Lakes Loop Trail, which is a ~6 mile loop connecting four alpine lakes within a beautiful area of the Trinity Alps. Highlights include alpine lakes, meadows, and the impressive Sawtooth Ridge. III). Start: Long Canyon Trailhead – 3,760 feet (1,146 m), Highest Point: Deer Creek Pass – 7,760 feet (2,365 m), Day Two Camp: Deer Lake – 7,100 feet (2,164 m). Mount Gibson, Dolomite Rige and Seven Up Peak all line the horizon to the east. The trail is built into a large talus slope. Near the trail leading down to Summit Lake, a cross-country route to the Summit of Siligo Peak splits off to the north. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I would not have conceived that California holds such a hidden oasis, or a place to seek solace. We opt for Mountain Marketplace, in Weaverville. This scene is nothing short of breathtaking. Be careful and have a plan B if you take your pups out (and don’t forget to take care of their poop! Yet, the work it takes to pack up camp, get things in order, and backpack to the next objective, is arguably a more rewarding endeavor. 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